Zeng Fanzhi (Chinese, born 1964)
H. 46 in. (117 cm); W. 24 in. (61 cm); D. 16 1/2 in. (42 cm)
Gift of Thomas Yaping Ou, 2011
Rights and Reproduction:
© Zeng Fanzhi
Not on view
Primarily known as an oil painter, this bronze sculpture represents a new direction in Zeng’s practice. Untitled evokes the gnarled texture and convoluted form of a blasted tree trunk that continues to send forth new shoots. The twisted and bent “trunk,” scarred with knotholes and cracks, suggests a harsh environment and punishing forces, but the upward reaching “branches” convey a sense of endurance and resilience reminiscent of traditional paintings of ancient plum trees—an abiding symbol of survival, renewal, and moral purity.